The World Needs Safe Motherhood

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Friends of UNFPA to sponsor the 2019 Family of Woman Film Festival

The Family of Woman Film Festival, February 26 to March 3, 2019, is pleased to announce that Friends of UNFPA (the United Nations reproductive health and right agency) will return as the Festival sponsor in 2019. The Festival was initiated in 2008 to raise awareness and support of…

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The Power of Choice: The State of World Population 2018

State of World Population 2018 – The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows UNITED NATIONS, New York–The global trend towards smaller families is a…

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Who is UNFPA?

In our latest feature, we are sharing profiles of select UNFPA staff from around the world to showcase the breadth and lifesaving quality of UNFPA’s work.   Henriette Eke Mbula Henriette Eke Mbula is the Midwifery Adviser for UNFPA’s Country Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo….

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The Rohingya Crisis One Year On

This August marked the one-year anniversary of the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world. Over 720,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar in the past twelve months, joining some 213,000 already in Bangladesh to create the world’s most densely populated refugee settlement. Most of the refugees are…

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What is in a UNFPA Dignity Kit?

During the most desperate situations such as the aftermath of a natural disaster or during a conflict, UNFPA distributes basic supplies to maintain the health and dignity of women and girls. Many of these supplies are included inside containers called dignity kits. These kits are given out at…

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A Letter from Friends of UNFPA’s Chair of the Board

Dear Friends, On behalf of the Friends of UNFPA Board of Directors, I am writing to share that Melissa Kuklin is stepping down as Executive Director on August 31, 2018. Friends of UNFPA is grateful for Melissa’s eight years of dedicated service and her tireless efforts to advance…

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Urgent Efforts Needed to Protect Women and Girls in Crises

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Humanitarian Day 2018 August 19, 2018 Women and girls uprooted by war or disaster are at heightened risk of rape, exploitation and abuse. Yet reaching a refugee camp or other places where humanitarian services are available does not…

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From human bomb to paralegal, Boko Haram survivor helps heal her community

Halima, now 19, is a paralegal dedicated to helping women and girls.   BOL, Chad – Halima Yakoy Adam was once a human bomb. When she was only 15, her husband brought her to an island near the border of Nigeria. They were going on a fishing trip, he said. Instead,…

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Tell us why family planning is important to you?

214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy face significant obstacles to using reliable contraceptives. Help us demonstrate the importance of this human right by sharing how family planning has made of difference for you. Tell us why family planning is important to you

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